A Total Of 16 MAC Student-Athletes Selected In MLB Draft

Updated 6/10/2010
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The stage is set as prospects,families and fans prepare for the First-Year Player Major League Baseball Draft (7 p.m. on MLB Network). Click here for updates on MAC student-athletes that have been drafted.




First Round

Kolbrin Vitek, Ball State, 2B (#20) Boston Red Sox
MLB.com Scouting Report: Wherever Vitek has gone, he's hit. He plays at a smaller program, but in a year with a lack of premium bats at big programs, his production is getting noticed. His bat speed and mechanics should make him an excellent hitter at the next level. He has power, though there's some debate how much there will be at the next level. He also runs pretty well. The main question with Vitek is where he'll play defensively, as his current home at second doesn't appear to be a great fit. He's athletic enough to play the outfield, and that might be the best bet. Wherever he plays, it's his bat that has people interested, and that's what will get him drafted in the first couple of rounds.

Second Round

Perci Garner, Ball State, RHP (#77) Philadelphia Phillies
Information:
Garner became the Cardinals' first starting pitcher to earn First Team All-Mid-American Conference honors since  Ben Snyder in 2005. He posted a 5-3 record on the season as the Cardinals' primary Friday starter and has a 4.62 ERA. He led the team with 83 strikeouts in 74.0 innings of work and made 11 starts on the year, all in league regular season or postseason play. Garner posted a 4-2 record with a 3.86 ERA in MAC play this season, which ranks 10th in the league. He averages a MAC-high 9.18 strikeouts per nine innings in league action. He was named the MAC West Pitcher of the Week after striking out nine batters and tossing 6.0 shutout innings against Buffalo.

Sixth Round
Gauntlett Eldemire, Ohio, OF (#201) Philadelphia Pillies

MLB.com Scouting Report: There may not be a better athlete in this Draft class than Eldemire, who looks like wide receiver just as much as a center fielder. He has the speed and instincts to stick in center and, since getting over a wrist injury, he's settled in with the bat, too, hitting for both average and power. As a player who profiles to hit high in the batting order at the next level, he'll have to learn how to draw more walks, but that won't keep a team from taking this toolsy college outfielder off the board early.

Seventh Round
Matt Suschak, Toledo, RHP (#224) Atlanta Braves
Information: Suschak appeared in a team-high 21 games, sporting a 5-1 record with a team-low 3.84 ERA and a squad-best three saves. He accumulated 61.0 innings of work, surrendering 31 runs (26 earned) on 47 hits with a squad-best 60 strikeouts. The second-team All-MAC honoree finished second in the league in opponent batting average (.207, 47-for-227) and fourth in ERA. The Broadview Heights, OH native also ranks tied for fifth in UT annals in win-loss percentage (.833, 5-1, 2010) and tied for 10th in total appearances (21, 2010) in the single-season recordbook.

10th Round
Jared Hoying, Toledo, SS (#316) Texas Rangers

Information:
Hoying started all 56 games this spring, batting .289 with 49 runs scored, 18 doubles, a team-high four triples, a squad-best 14 home runs and 53 RBI. Hoying finished the season ranked tied for fifth in the MAC in triples, tied for seventh in home runs and tied for ninth in total bases (138), earning second-team all-league accolades.

18th Round
Robert Maddox III, Ohio, LF (#547) Cincinnati Reds

Information: A 2010 All-American and an All-Mid-American Conference First Team selection, Maddox led the Mid-American Conference in home runs (21) and slugging percentage (.737) and was second in RBIs (78) and total bases (174). The RBI total is a school record and the fourth-highest single-season total in league history, while the total bases mark is sixth. In addition to those categories, Maddox also led the squad in hits (89) and doubles (20). One of just two Bobcats to start every game this season, Maddox stands atop the school record book in RBIs (181) and fourth in homers (43) and total bases (411).

19th Round
Adam Eaton, Miami, OF (#571) Arizona Diamondbacks
Information: Eaton, a two-time All-Mid-American Conference selection, led the MAC in both triples (9) and stolen bases (30) in 2010, while ranking third in slugging (.709), fourth in on-base percentage (.462) and fifth in total bases (156). The left-handed slugger also finished the year tied for sixth in the league in runs scored with 64 and ninth in home runs with 13. His nine three-baggers set a Miami single-season record and gave him 18 for his career, which is also a school record. Eaton's 30 steals, 156 total bases, 18 doubles and 64 runs scored all also rank in Miami's single-season top 10 lists.

Brett Weibley, Kent State, RHP (#586) Texas Rangers
Information: In 2010, Weibley went 3-1 and was second on the team with a 4.30 ERA and was third on the club with three saves. He allowed 18 earned runs while striking out 35 in 37.1 innings pitched for the season. For his career, Weibley appeared in 43 games with one start with a 4-1 record with four saves and an ERA of 5.67. He has 67 strikeouts in 66.2 innings pitched with the Golden Flashes.

22nd Round
Zach Dygert, Ball State, C (#663) Houston Astros
Information: Dygert, a team captain, earned his third All-Mid-American Conference honor of his career this season as he was named First Team All-MAC accolades as a junior and senior, while also picking up Second Team All-MAC honors as a sophomore. He is the first Cardinal since Bryan Bullington (2000-02) to be honored for three straight seasons with All-MAC honors.Dygert, a Johnny Bench Award Watch List member for the nation's top catcher, posted a .307 batting average and was second on the team with 12 home runs. He finished third on the team with 57 RBI and was second in the MAC with 43 walks for a .450 on-base percentage. He scored 45 runs and was second on the team with 18 doubles.

30th Round

Matt Skirving, Eastern Michigan, C (#897) Pittsburgh Pirates

Information: In 56 games played during the 2010 season, including 53 starts, Skirving led the Eagles with 17 doubles to go along with six home runs and 28 RBI. Skirving finished the season with a .259 batting average (53-for-205) and was fourth on the team with 27 walks. In 2009, Skirving was a first-team All-Mid-American Conference selection, while also earning first-team All-Region accolades, after hitting .348 with 16 home runs and 64 RBI. In his three-year career, Skirving hit 26 home runs and finished with 104 RBI.

33rd Round

Jamall Hollis, Miami, RHP (#998) Chicago White Sox
Information: Hollis finished his career in Oxford with a 5.00 ERA and a 4-5 record in 66.2 innings. He appeared in 64 games on the mound, which ties for ninth in school history, with all but two appearances coming in relief. He made his first start as a freshman and did not start again until late in his senior campaign. Hollis totaled 52 strikeouts in his four years at Miami to just 39 walks as opponents hit .289 against him.

Brennan Smith, Bowling Green, RHP (#1003) Detroit Tigers
Information: Smith finished the 2010 season as the Falcons' number-one starter with a 6-4 overall record and an 8.61 earned-run average in 16 starts. He led the team in total strikeouts with 70 on the season in 77.1 innings pitched. In Mid-American Conference play, Smith went 4-2 in nine starts with a 7.41 ERA with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 2.18:1, a dramatic improvement from the beginning of the season to season's end.

34th Round
Jerod Yakubik, Ohio, 1B (#1044) Los Angeles Angles
Information:Yakubik registered 243 at-bats and 435 putouts this season, both of which qualified as the second-most in the school's single-season records. He also posted 19 doubles, which tied him for eighth in the single-season marks.He was red-hot for nearly a month this season, as he ran off a 22-game hitting streak, which was the 10th-longest in Mid-American Conference history.He hit .325 this season for Ohio and was third on the squad in RBIs (41), total bases (112) and walks (20). He was also a perfect 8-for-8 in stolen base attempts in 2010.

40th Round
Dale Cornstubble, Central Michigan, C (#1199) Kansas City Royals
Information: The Homer, Mich., native hit .326 his senior season, with 16 doubles, one home run and 43 RBI. A career .280 hitter, he served as CMU's primary catcher for his entire collegiate career and finished with 35 doubles, eight home runs and 125 RBI.

44th Round
Robert Sabo, Kent State, RHP, (#1324) San Diego Padres

Information: Coming out of the bullpen in 2007 and '09, Sabo started 16 games for Kent State in '10 and finished with a 6-5 record and a 4.65 ERA in 93 innings pitched. Sabo threw two complete games on the season when Kent State needed them most, throwing only 97 pitches in a complete game, five hit 9-1 win over Bowling Green on May 15 that moved KSU in the lead for good in the MAC East race. On May 27 against Miami, with the Flashes facing elimination, Sabo threw another complete game gem, allowing only three hits in Kent State's 9-2 win over the RedHawks.

49th Round
Kyle Hallock, Kent State, LHP (#1491) Philadelphia Phillies
Information: The southpaw finished 2010 with an 8-5 record and a save with a 5.64 ERA in 83 innings pitched. The highlight of the season for Hallock came on May 29 when he received the win in both games of a double header on championship Saturday of the Mid-American Conference tournament. In Kent State's 9-8, 10-inning win over Eastern Michigan, Hallock threw a scoreless top of the 10th before KSU prevailed in the bottom of the inning. Just 45 minutes later, he started the championship game against Central Michigan, allowing only two earned runs and on five hits in seven innings pitched.







Former First Round Mid-American Conference Selections

1968
Thurman Munson, Kent State (#4) New York (AL)
Rick McKinney, Ohio (#14) Chicago (AL)

1973
Steve Swisher, Ohio (#21) Chicago (AL)

1975
Chris Knapp, Central Michigan (#11) Chicago (AL)

1976
Bob Owchinko, Eastern Michigan (#5) San Diego

1977
Bob Welch, Eastern Michigan(#20) Los Angeles

1986
Thomas Howard, Ball State (#11) San Diego

1994
Dustin Hermanson, Kent State (#3) San Diego

1999
Larry Bigbie, Ball State (#21) Baltimore

2001
John VanBenschoten, Kent State (#8) Pittsburgh

2002
Bryan Bullington, Ball State (#1) Pittsburgh

2003
Brad Snyder, Ball State (#18) Cleveland
Mitch Maier, Toledo (#30) Kansas City

2006
Emmanuel Burriss, Kent State (#33) San Francisco

2010
Kolbrin Vitek, Ball State (#20) Boston